News from Around Banderas Bay
|PV Little League Results & Highlights - Regular Season Week Nine|
Bob Cohen - PVNN
May 04, 2010
The City of Puerto Vallarta and the Puerto Vallarta Little League will be hosts for the first time for the divisional playoffs for the State of Jalisco the weekend of May 28th - May 30th. (See: Help the PV Little League Host the Jalisco District Tournament)
|La Cruz pitchers Ismael Santos and Octavio Garcia shut down the Banderas News batters and tied the best of three series 1-1. The deciding game will be Saturday at 1:30 PM.|
The playoffs in the 12-14 year old division reached their second game in Week 9 of the Puerto Vallarta Little League and the 9-11 year olds concluded the remainder of their regular season. Even with their season concluded there was a tie for the division lead between the PV Yankees and the Mexlend Martillos and due to a better head-to-head score, the PV Yankees received the #1 seed as Mexlend took the 2nd seed. Los Picosos were just a game behind at 6-2 and earned the 3rd seed and Pipis Restaurant who didn't win many games but were competitive in almost each game earned the final 4th seed.
The highlight game of the week was between Banderas News and the La Cruz Tibuneros in the 12-14 year old division. Banderas News led the series 1-0 and another win would put them in the finals, but a La Cruz win would force a deciding third game. Teatro Limon earlier won their series over Las Rocas by forfeit and awaited this series winner to play for the division championship.
Last week, La Cruz jumped all over the Banderas News starting pitcher and led 12-4 after three innings, but the La Cruz relief staff was ineffective and allowed 10 runs in the 4th inning, got three runs back and led 15-14 after four innings. The Banderas News relief staff shut La Cruz out the last two innings and they scored four runs in the 5th to win a come from behind thriller 18-15.
The game strategy had to change or pitching performances had to improve or La Cruz was looking at the end of their season. The game began similar to last week as La Cruz opened with four 1st inning runs against the Banderas News starter and Banderas News was able to add two runs in the bottom of the 1st inning.
Then something much different happened. The much maligned starting pitcher for Banderas News retired the final batter in the 1st and the next six batters in the 2nd and 3rd. The La Cruz pitching was just as effective and starter Ismael Santos allowed just a run in the 2nd and 3rd and we had a 4-4 tie game after three innings and a mandatory change for the pitchers.
This is where Banderas News exploded last week and after their reliever struck out the side in the top of the 4th for 10 consecutive outs, they were only able to score one run against reliever Octavio Garcia. This week La Cruz broke the game open with four runs in the top of the 5th and Garcia retired the side in the bottom of the 5th. Francisco "Junior" Ramon pitched the 6th and retired the side, striking out two and Banderas News was faced with needing three runs to tie or four to win or face a determining 3rd game next Saturday.
|Homes and Living won their third consecutive game in the T ball league this past Thursday after losing their first three. This game came down to the final batter with the score tied as Homes and Living won by a single run. Competition is more intense with the youngsters.|
After Garcia easily retired the first two batters and was a single out away from victory, he walked the next batter and that was followed by a triple, scoring one run and then another triple scoring another to close the gap to 8-7. Baseball on any level doesn't get any more exciting than this; a man on 3rd with two outs and a single run difference. It was power against power as Garcia pitched to Ramon and after fouling off three pitches he got Ramon to strike out swinging as the Tibuneros charged the field celebrating a well earned 8-7 victory.
The two will play again next Saturday at 1:30 PM on the softball field. The loser's season is over and the winner will advance to play Teatro Limon for the championship of the 12-14 year old division.
In the 9-11 year old games, the Mexlend Martillos won and moved into an even tie with the PV Yankees at 6-1 with a 28-18 victory over Ixaya Café in a game that was competitive but ended after five innings die to the mercy rule.
On the other field Los Picosos and Pipis played for the third time and each of the first two games were thrillers. Pipis won their first meeting 20-17 and Los Picosos took the second 11-9. The two have had a rivalry even though they have earned the #3 and #4 seeds for the playoffs, the two didn't need incentive to keep this rivalry fueled.
After the 1st inning they were tied 3-3 and after two it was Pipis ahead 7-5. Pipis added one more in the 3rd inning and then exploded for six big runs in the 4th, allowing just one and led 14-6 after four innings. Pipis extended the lead, scoring a run in the 5th and allowed 3 to score in the bottom of the 5th and led 15-9 needing just three outs to beat their rival. Pipis was held scoreless in the 6th and Los Picosos needed 6 to tie and 7 to win in their half of the final inning. Los Picosos never quit attitude got a few runs in and with two outs they still trailed by two runs. They got the two and one more and won the thriller in front of their big following 16-15.
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T Ball was also played again Thursday between VIP and Homes and Living. The youngsters, ranging from 5-8 years old play for VIP and Homes &Living. The VIPs won the first few games and then Homes and Living defeated VIP won the last two. This past Thursday was a particularly exciting game. Home & Living won their 3rd consecutive baseball game by a hair! In the last inning with two outs and the game tied 20-20 in the bottom of the 3rd inning Ian "Spike" Duncanson drove in the winning run for the 21-20 victory. The kids love the competition more each week and who knows, next week they might demand their own pitchers.
12-14 Year olds:
#1 seed Teatro Limon: 7-0, 2-0 - won 1st round of playoffs
#2 seed BanderasNews.com: 4-2, 1-1 in 1st round of playoffs
#3 seed La Cruz: 2-4, 1-1 in 1st round of playoffs
#4 seed Las Rocas: 1-6, 0-2 eliminated in 1st round of playoffs
9-11 Year olds:
#1 seed PV Yankees: 6-1
#2 seed Mexlend Martillos: 6-1
#3 seed Los Picosos: 4-2
#4 seed Pipis Restaurant: 1-5
Ixaya Café: 0-7, Eliminated
Next Saturday's schedule:
12-14 Year olds playoffs:
1:30 PM - Banderas News (1-1) vs. La Cruz (1-1) - Winner advances to finals against Teatro Limon
9-11 Year olds playoffs:
Noon - #1 seed PV Yankees (6-1) vs. #4 seed Pipis Restaurant (1-5)
Noon - #2 seed Mexlend Martillos vs. #3 seed Los Picosos
Come out and enjoy the exciting playoff action as one team will be crowned champions of each division in early June.
Don't forget the 9-10 year old Jalisco playoffs that will be held for the first time ever in Puerto Vallarta, the weekend of May 28th - May 30th. We still need financial help to host the playoffs. Anyone that is interested in making a donation for the playoffs, please contact me at a1abob(at)yaoo.com or bob(at)banderasnews.com. These funds will also be utilized for travel expenses the following weekend when the 11-12 all stars go to Guadalajara for the Jalisco playoffs in that age division.
Your support provides endless benefits for Banderas Bay area kids, who will develop the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being by participating in Puerto Vallarta Little League Baseball. To learn how you can help, send an email to Bob Cohen at bob(at)banderasnews.com. For more information about Puerto Vallarta Little League Baseball, click HERE.